There Was An Incredible Array Of Weapons Confiscated Before Besiktas' Match
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Most of us when we go to see a football match will take our wallet, keys, phone, maybe a portable charger, chewing gum and even a chocolate bar to avoid paying the extortionate prices. For Besiktas fans they had the most ridiculous arsenal of weapons.
Football fandom is a lot different outside of England. Here the scenes outside of Anfield last week for Manchester City's visit in the Champions League were both unusual and a bit too much for everyone.
Outside grounds in Turkey, Argentina amd plenty of other countries, those scenes would almost be the norm, especially in big games against rival sides, just think Galatasaray and Manchester United arriving to signs of 'Welcome to Hell.'
In fact just a few weeks ago Galatasaray held an open training session for their fans and the supporters brought flares and made the kind of atmosphere you wouldn't see in most Premier League matches:
But that paled in comparison with what Turkish police confiscated off fans before Besiktas match at the weekend.
A journalist from Turkey has posted a shot of the ridiculous armoury that was taken off Göztepe fans before their clash in Istanbul at the weekend, including bongs, fireworks and some bloody scary swords, knives, an axe and not your day to day handgun:
Clearly the Izmir based side don't have as much weaponry on the pitch as their fans do off it. Despite managing to grab a goal they also conceded five as last season's champions continued their chase for back to back titles.
The top of the Turkish Super Lig has been tight all season and Besiktas sit just three points behind leaders Istanbul Basaksehir who in turn are just two points ahead of Galatasaray, who have a game in hand.
Fenerbahce do at least look out of title contention now, sitting two points behind Besiktas with just eight games to go of the season.
Phone; check, keys; check, wallet; check, tickets; check, axe; che...wait, what...